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A child born outside of South Africa to South African parents during the period up to 7 December 2010 had to be registered as a South African in order to become a South African citizen. In other words, the child did not automatically become South African at birth. What this meant is that, if their country of birth did not confer citizenship on the child at birth, the child would have been born stateless - that is, without a nationality.

Where one of the parents was a British citizen, then it is possible to register the child as a British citizen as long as this happens before they turn 18. It does not matter that child subsequently acquired a nationality - for example, if the parents subsequently registered the child as a South African.


Ask Philip Gamble whether you (or your children) have a claim to British nationality.

Learn more about these routes to British Nationality:

WhatPassport.com is a specialist UK Nationality and British Citizenship site offering an online search and assessment. Claims to hold a British Passport can be complex and the site offers a quick, simple search to give you the answers. While many people qualify for the UK Ancestry Visa based on holding a Commonwealth passport with a UK born grandmother or grandfather, we have found that if you have a grandparent born in the UK, or if your mother is British or your father is British, then there are several scenarios where you can claim British Nationality and the right to hold a British Passport. This stems from Britain’s collection of British Colonies, British Protectorates and British Protected States in the middle of last century and the Nationality rules concerning what are now the countries of the Commonwealth.